Doctor Ewing had retired before the war, but as Bobby’s last letter indicated, he’d heard that “Rolling Stone Ewing alias ‘Gordon the Con-man’ is setting out once more for distant lands.”
Cynthia’s father had joined the war effort as a doctor in the merchant navy, and obviously that meant travelling. None of Cyn’s friends liked her father- Dottie assured me he bullied her- so perhaps her war work was easier when he was at sea. Her mother Carol had to keep the house going- queue for rations, cook for her daughter, who had to commute to her teaching job under difficult circumstances after Newcastle experienced a bombing attack at night.
Cynthia saved souvenirs sent to her from the Holy Land, I assume by her father.